The Strathclyde MBA

University of Strathclyde Business School

Program Description

The Strathclyde MBA

University of Strathclyde Business School

What is the Strathclyde MBA?

The Strathclyde MBA is not just a business programme, it's a stimulating, challenging, life-changing experience, which will make you question, re-think and re-evaluate how you do business.

The Strathclyde MBA is highly experiential and based on collaborative learning. Students share their varied work experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills.

The MBA will shape and guide you as a reflective, open- thinking, adaptive learner. This is facilitated through enhanced understanding of the interplay of theory and practice in management. In particular it:

  • provides the skills required for progression to higher level policy-forming positions
  • allows you to make successful career transitions
  • facilitates the move from technical specialism to general management
  • polishes the skills and enhances the abilities of people working for themselves or about to set up in business

What are the prime benefits?


  • a broad understanding of business and management issues
  • strategic orientation and the ability to successfully implement the strategies formulated
  • development of management skills and techniques
  • self-awareness as a manager and leader
  • increased confidence in all areas of business

Career development

  • enhanced promotion prospects
  • new career opportunities
  • access to the extensive Strathclyde alumni network

What are the benefits for employers and sponsors?

Improved corporate performance

  • greater understanding of corporate goals
  • more knowledgeable and successful management
  • advanced communication through mutual understanding
  • greater awareness of external influences and recognition of the need for a quality customer focus and market orientation
  • increased potential for the effective utilisation of valuable corporate, human and other resources

Human resource development

  • greater ability to attract and retain high potential managers
  • flexible approach to management education
  • structured development of individual managers
  • integral part of succession planning and development of tomorrow’s leaders

Programme overview

The Strathclyde MBA is a 180-credit programme following the EU guidelines as set out by the Bologna Process. The programme is designed around four modules, and the MBA project.

Module 1: The Reflective Practitioner

The Reflective Practitioner is designed to help students respond to the increasing emphasis in the business world on corporate social responsibility, stakeholder expectations and the professional practice of management. It comprises three component classes.

The Learning Manager

Analysing and developing self-awareness as a manager and how you interact with others is crucial to becoming more effective, at any level within an organisation. The Learning Manager explores these issues and increases your ability to analyse and develop how you learn, to become ultimately a more reflective learner. Collaborative learning between students, and between students and staff is central to The Learning Manager.

Comparative Corporate Governance

To promote good corporate management in today’s complex international environments, MBA graduates need to understand the importance of corporate governance in a free market system. This class will enable you to understand organisational structures and carry out analyses on key organisational stakeholders.

Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership

Competitive, uncertain and fast-changing environments demand a new breed of manager, and more entrepreneurial leaders. Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership allows you to experience and reflect on entrepreneurial skills and practices that are appropriate to managing and leading in a corporate context.

The Learning Manager, Governance and Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership provides you with the foundations to become an adaptive manager open to life-long learning.

Module 2: Making the Business Work

To become a highly effective general manager, it's crucial to understand the management fundamentals and processes that are vital to business success and that are operated by specialist functional teams in an organisation.

By becoming aware of these disciplines students are better able to appreciate each function as well as the inter-relationships and tensions between them.

During this second module of the Strathclyde MBA, you'll undertake the following classes:

  • Finance & Financial Management
  • Financial Management Accounting
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Analytical Support for Decision Making
  • Managing People in Organisations

Module 3: Strategic Management for Sustainable Success

The Strathclyde MBA is renowned for its reputation and excellence of research in the area of Strategy and Strategic management. The three inter-related classes within this module are:

  • Exploring the International Business Environment
  • Strategy Analysis & Evaluation
  • Making Strategy

Initially, you'll learn to explore and fully understand internal and external ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty in international business environments. Building on this understanding, you'll then develop your ability to manage in these environments. You'll be armed with structured opportunities to explore the major management and economic theories, alongside the language of strategy and strategic management in the Strategy, Analysis & Evaluation Class.

Finally, in the Making Strategy class you'll learn to negotiate strategy in a small management team, putting into practice the management theories acquired in the preceding classes This will involve developing an effective statement of strategic intent, including purpose, competitive advantage and strategic priorities.

Module 4: Personal Development

As you progress through the Strathclyde MBA academics work with you to help you ‘personalise’ the learning and development, and ensure that the overall experience is highly experiential and relevant to current business practice.

Strategic Consulting in Practice is an opportunity to put into practice all that you've learned from the preceding Strategic Management module. Working as a consultant for a client organisation, you, as part of a small team, will be tasked to work on a live organisational issue for that particular organisation. The client will feature significantly in the evaluation of the class and your team’s performance. This session, normally run over a weekend, will offer you many insights into the uncertainties of managing yourself, working with a small team, the task of strategising and meeting the expectations of the client.

In the final instructional phase of the Strathclyde MBA, the “personalised” element is realised via a range of possibilities and choices in our elective classes, and the final MBA project.

Elective classes

With a pool of over 120 academic experts across a wide range of specialist departments in Strathclyde Business School we're able to offer more than 20 different electives all taught by subject specialists.

A highlight of the Strathclyde MBA calendar is the annual MBA Summer School, which takes place in Glasgow in May and June.

The summer school is open to all study routes of the MBA who have reached elective study stage. It's a wonderful opportunity to study your elective choices alongside a group of like-minded international colleagues.

For those unable to attend the summer school elective classes are also offered at our international centres.

To reflect both the latest challenges facing business and the latest insights from our world-leading research the range of electives is revised annually.

MBA project

The capstone element of the Strathclyde MBA is the MBA project. It gives you an opportunity to examine in depth a managerial, organisational or environmental issue of your choice over an extended period of time. The design of the MBA project enables you to put into practice the knowledge and skills that you've developed throughout the Strathclyde MBA. Wherever possible we'll assist you in identifying appropriate organisations and supervisors.

The primary aim is to reinforce your learning and development in an area of your choice and, with our encouragement, to undertake your project in a host organisation. The project is an integral part of the Strathclyde MBA. The final project report will be 13,000 to 16,000 words, depending on whether it's an individual or group project.

Many routes – one MBA

The Strathclyde MBA is a very flexible programme. We offer a variety of study routes, allowing you to choose a programme which suits both your work and/or personal circumstances:

  • full-time (12 months intensive study in Glasgow)
  • part-time (evening classes in Glasgow over 2-3 years)
  • flexible learning (combination of off-campus, self-paced study, interspersed with workshops and seminars: 3-5 years)
  • Strathclyde Executive MBA – International (study your MBA locally in Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland, Greece, Bahrain, Dubai, Oman or Abu Dhabi)

Should your circumstances change during your study, or should you want to vary the way you complete your Strathclyde MBA, we also allow our course members the opportunity to transfer to a different study route, even if that means studying in a different country!

We've had full-time course members who have completed their studies by flexible learning, and international part- time course members who have studied at our other international centres.

While each of the study routes have differences in how they are delivered, you can be assured that no matter where and how you study for your Strathclyde MBA, each study route has the same:

  • entry criteria
  • course content and core learning materials
  • assessments
  • degree parchment

Admissions process

As you might expect, our selection process is designed to identify talented professionals from a wide range of academic, business and cultural backgrounds who might gain from, and contribute to, our learning community.

As a result, while there are formal requirements for entry listed below, our concern is with the potential of individual candidates, their interpersonal and teamworking qualities, and the range and nature of their managerial experience.

In order to assess these skills we ask you to complete a number of essays outlining your experience and aspirations along with references supporting your work experience and academic record.

We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations. In any case we would encourage you to visit the school or centre you're applying to and to ask as many questions as you need to clarify your decision.

Qualifications & experience

For entry to the MBA programme you must:

  • hold a degree from a UK university, or equivalent academic qualification from a comparable non-UK institution. (If you studied for your undergraduate degree at a non-UK institution we'll need a copy of your degree transcript). Professional qualifications will also be considered
  • be at least 24 years of age
  • have a minimum of three years’ full-time postgraduate experience where the management of people and resources has played a significant role.

Entry at Diploma level may be offered to applicants who do not hold sufficient recognised degree level qualifications, but who do:

  • hold non-degree/professional qualifications plus at least five years’ varied management experience
  • have no formal qualifications but extensive and varied management experience (10 or more years)
  • are exceptional candidates over the age of 24 with a minimum of two years’ managerial experience (available only to candidates applying to routes other than full-time)

Admissions testing

Although GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) is not a standard requirement of our admissions process, strong verbal reasoning and numerical abilities are critical for the MBA and we may ask you to undertake such a test.

Competence in English

The MBA programme is highly interactive and therefore requires a high level of competence in English speaking, writing, reading and understanding. A well balanced minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS is required for those applicants whose first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they're willing to undertake pre-sessional study.

Computer competence

In order to undertake the Diploma/MBA you'll need to be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing.

The application process

Completed application forms are considered by the Admissions Committee as they are received. You're encouraged to submit your application form and all the supporting documentation as soon as possible. Once all the requisite details are with us you should receive a decision within two weeks of application.

Career management

At Strathclyde Business School we recognise that career development is one of the main reasons why people invest in an MBA. The global MBA job market offers plenty of opportunity but can be complex and challenging to negotiate.

We offer dedicated careers support for MBA students, consisting of career planning and skills development as well as access to personal advice and coaching. This support is delivered both in-house and by external consultants.

As a result, you should gain the understanding and tools to develop your personal, long-term, strategic career plan, as well as the practical, self-marketing and communication skills to make effective applications and impress at interview. You'll gain excellent knowledge of the global job market and potential to network with a varied range of contacts.

Resources & support

Our programme of seminars and workshops is delivered throughout the year and offers:

  • a toolkit to support personal skills development, competency audits, and professional development
  • workshops on career basics such as CVs and interviews
  • seminars on key skills such as presentation, networking, culture management and personal impact
  • company and expert presentations
  • personal career coaching by a professional coach and employability adviser

Online services

All MBA students have access to a library of MBA-specific information and resources through our website and virtual learning environment, MyPlace.

This offers company and market information, both UK and global, vacancies and links to top MBA-related information and job sites.


We provide an advice and coaching service to our all alumni for an unlimited period, as well as access to a full range of resources as required.

In conjunction with the university Alumni Office, our alumni database allows us to keep track of our graduates’ progress through their careers. We also invite alumni to events, both in the UIK and globally.

We also give our alumni the opportunity to access current students for projects or jobs.

Scottish MBA Fair

One of our flagship events for UK-based students is the Scottish MBA and Business Postgraduate Careers Fair and Skills Conference. It was started at Strathclyde Business School and is now a fixed event in the Scottish recruitment calendar. Companies who have attended include Amazon, IBM and PA Consulting.


Many students may do an MBA with an idea for a new venture at the end of it. There's plenty of opportunities to get practical advice and support and to interact with the entrepreneurial community. This could be through the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network (SEN) and Strathclyde 100, a network of the University’s successful entrepreneurs which offers a mentoring programme. Find out more on SEN's website.

Strathclyde University also has a significant number of entrepreneurship visas available to students who put forward a viable business proposition on completion of their course.


Our students become employed globally in many industries and functions. There's a number of organisations who target MBA graduates for their fast-track, leadership development programmes, or senior management roles. These include:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • British Gas
  • Capgemini
  • Cognizant
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Halliburton
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Infosys
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • JP Morgan
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • PA Consulting
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 9, 2015
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